Wroxham ready to clinch title
Wroxham boss Damian Hilton expects his champions-elect to close the deal against CRC at Trafford Park in their Ridgeons Premier Division home finale.
Wroxham boss Damian Hilton expects his champions-elect to close the deal against CRC at Trafford Park in today's Ridgeons Premier Division home finale.
Hilton's men need a win from their remaining two matches to guarantee the title ahead of nearest challengers Mildenhall - with the duo scheduled to meet on the final day next week.
Barring a mathematical miracle a draw today would also be enough, with the Yachtsmen having a vastly superior goal difference to their long-term rivals.
Wroxham were minutes away from securing the club's seventh title before leaking a late equaliser at Stanway. Yachstmen's skipper Justin Fox returns from suspension to bolster Wroxham's final push.
"We tossed away our chance at Stanway because we stopped playing," said Hilton. "With Fox back and obviously keen to make his mark on the last home game, I'm pretty confident of travelling to Mildenhall next week as champions.
"If at the start of this season you had told me we would be in the enviable position of requiring just one point from two games to win the championship I would have questioned the sanity of such a prediction. It speaks volumes about the progress our players have made."
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Deposed champions Lowestoft head to Wisbech looking to secure third spot following a midweek 7-0 demolition win over Harwich after an embarrassing 6-0 Mildenhall mauling.
"We bounced back in the best way possible and could've had a lot more," admitted joint boss Micky Chapman. "We scored seven really good goals and it was great to keep a clean sheet. We were looking for a reaction after that freak result - and we got it in emphatic style. Our aim is to finish as high as possible and that's what we want to do."
Injured Ross King and Craig Lewis are set to miss out at Fenland Park. Key trio Gary McGee, Jamie Godbold and Andy Reynolds will play through the pain barrier.
Paul Tong's Diss could move closer to the relegation trap door without kicking a ball if King's Lynn Reserves and Harwich pick up points this afternoon. The Tangerines would then be locked in a four-way dogfight to fill the bottom three places ahead of Tuesday's Soham test and Stanway's final day Brewers Green Lane visit.
Tong will be hoping Wroxham beat CRC and the side just above them, Clacton, slip up atKirkley, whose manager Nick Shorten looks set to keep an unchanged side.
On the bench should be Danny Stokeld who requires one more goal to make it 142 in his Kirkley career to move into second place in the all-time list of scorers behind Barry Dale on 241.
Swaffham need maximum points from their remaining two games to clinch promotion to the Premier. The Pedlars travel to fifth-placed Saffron Walden knowing victory would move Lucien Hodkinson's men up to third at the expense of Haverhill. Scott Vout is set to miss out through injury.